Mission Impossible? Rainbow Dinner

I have something to share with you.

I wanted to find a way for my daughter to try more foods.  Dinner had to be more fun.  The no-thank you bite worked well for a while but now at five, she announced she had already tried everything.  So, I offered the following to my five year old daughter.

Every Monday night, we will do Rainbow Dinner. She gets to pick three colors from the rainbow and I have to make a dinner that has those colors. The catch – she must eat everything. No excuses.

For the first dinner, I should have known that she would choose the three hardest colors. Green, NO. Red, NO. Yellow, NO.  My daughter chose pink, purple and blue.  So now I am thinking, I am crazy.  This is going to take more time and effort than I thought.  Great job Mom – you really thought this one through.  

Create a dinner with pink, purple and blue – Hmm. Well, pink was not too hard. Beets(more dark pink than red), pink lemonade for a drink(is that cheating?), a cream sauce made from marinara(I think that is more orange). Shrimp – scratch that, she doesn’t like shrimp. Maybe not so easy. Purple – got it. Eggplant, or even better, purple cauliflower. She has never tried that before.  Note to self – I must make a trip to Whole Foods or Central Market for that one. Blue – what vegetable is blue? What meat is blue? What fish is blue? Blueberries – but how do I make that part of dinner? Fruit salad?

Thank you to Pinterest for allowing me to search rainbow foods, rainbow dinner, rainbow recipes.  And off to the food store I went.

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Fresh pasta-check.  Food coloring – check.  Purple cauliflower – check.  Chicken for her – check.  Shrimp for me and the husband – check. (Must have some meat or fish, right?) Sauce-check.  Some brilliant person figured out that you can use food coloring on PASTA.  It looks really cool but I will admit, my fingers are still a shade of purple from the pink and blue combining on my hands.  It was a VERY time consuming dinner to have to steam the cauliflower, cook the pasta(although the fresh pasta did save time), make individual bags of food coloring to dye the pasta, rinse the pasta, use another pan to cook the shrimp and chicken(Yes – my Rachel Ray pan) and then make the sauce.  Then I had to put it all together.

The end result:
Pink, Purple and Blue Rainbow Pasta with Purple Cauliflower and Grilled Chicken. My daughter’s huge smile showed her excitement and she ate the entire meal(I knew the  pasta would be a hit but she ate all of the purple cauliflower – YEAH!).  She even picked her colors for next week and wow, was I happy to hear them – red, orange and yellow.  (sigh of relief!)

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Mission Accomplished!!

My Favorite Things – Rachel Ray Oval Saute Pan

I have something to share with you.

The Wedding Registry.  A very exciting thing for brides(sometimes grooms), a potentially overwhelming thing for guests.  I love eating and I love cooking.  I registered for a bunch of the expensive “silver” cookware for our wedding and thought I would be cooking dinner every night!  How wrong.

Most of the items were super heavy, the handles were hard to grip, the pans would get discolored – I spent more time using Bar Keepers Friend to clean them then to actually cook.

At a family dinner my sister-in-law mentioned that she was looking into new pots and pans and had bought something from the Rachel Ray line.  I knew all about Rachel Ray.  I watch FoodTV, I see the ads, I shop at Target and Kohl’s.  But, my sister-in-law, who I love dearly, is not fond of being in the kitchen.  So, I wasn’t sure if I should take her advice or not.

So of course I turn to Google and read the reviews.  I needed a new saute pan that had a comfortable grip and was big enough to make my daughter’s favorite meal when she is in an adventurous mood(Tarragon Chicken).  Plus, anything I can throw in the dishwasher gets extra points.  And so I found the Rachel Ray Hard Anodized Dishwasher Safe 5qt. Covered Oval Saute Pan.

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LOVE IT!!!  (And yes, I did buy it on QVC.com because the price was right!)  It has not one, but two handles, it can go in the dishwasher, and it is deep enough to both saute and boil pasta in it.  They come in numerous colors and this added a flash of blue to my very white and grey kitchen.  I liked it so much I bought a skillet in the matching blue for making eggs and sautéing onions, peppers, etc.

So, if you are looking to try out a new pan and are a bit skeptical about some of the TV Chef lines, this should be the first one you try!  If you tried a different one, what is your favorite?  I’m open to trying out some new cookeware!